Orioles' Wilson Betemit starting to heat up

August 03, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

TAMPA — Orioles third baseman Wilson Betemit has been on of the streakiest hitters in the Orioles lineup, but he's currently one of the hottest.

Betemit, who saw his average dip to .248 just a week ago, enters tonight's series opener against Tampa Bay riding a club-high six game hitting streak.

In that span, Betemit is hitting .458 (11-for-24) with 3 runs, 3 doubles, a home run and 3 RBIs in that stretch. He had four multihit games in his last six contests.

Betemit was 7-for-11 in the Orioles' three-game series in the Bronx, where he spent nearly two years playing for the Yankees in 2007 and '08. He had three hits, including two doubles, in the Orioles' 11-5 win over the Yankees on Tuesday and homered in Monday's win in the Bronx.

This weekend, however, will be a huge test for Betemit, who has struggled against left-handed pitching (12-for-92, .146 average). The Rays will send two tough lefties, Matt Moore and David Price, to the mound on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

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